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Why we wrote the book
About Mike Leigh and Peterloo
From Vera Drake to Happy-Go-Lucky, Naked to Mr. Turner, nobody creates a truly lived-in cinematic world like Mike Leigh. His unique directorial process, involving months of rehearsal, has long been a source of intrigue.
Our new ebook, Peterloo in process: A Mike Leigh collaboration, pulls back the curtain on how Leigh builds films in which every frame feels real and full of life. We’ve interviewed all of Leigh’s central team on his new film, Peterloo: not just the actors, but also the heads of department he’s collaborated with for years. We uncover how Leigh’s process involves rehearsal and improvisation, historical research, and collective brainstorming across all departments.
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Praise for Peterloo in Process: A Mike Leigh Collaboration
“A truly wondrous ebook from the Seventh Row gang. Reading this caused me to revisit the film, and actually change my opinion—and how rare is that? The writing is top-notch.”
Film Critic, The Film Stage
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Preview Peterloo in Process with our in-depth discussion of Peterloo and the highlights of the insights we gained from Mike Leigh and his collaborators.
Inside Peterloo in process, our Mike Leigh book
Peterloo in process is divided into five chapters:
Chapter One: On Peterloo
Chapter Two: An Overview of Mike Leigh’s Process
Chapter Three: An Overview of Mike Leigh’s Process
Chapter Four: Inside the Actors’ Surgeries
Chapter Five: Editing a Mike Leigh Film
About the authors of Peterloo in Process
Alex Heeney is the Editor-in-Chief of Seventh Row. As a film critic and engineer by training, she takes a systems approach to film criticism — looking at all the collaborators in the filmmaking process and how they fit together — which has been the inspiration for all of Seventh Row’s ebooks.
Orla is a filmmaker and film critic, with a wealth of experience interviewing multiple department heads for films (e.g. Lean on Pete and On Chesil Beach) to piece together how these collaborations work and how the pieces all fit together.
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